The man accused of shooting and beheading his father bought the gun he used the day before, police said. Here’s everything you need to know about this ugly case.
Police in Pennsylvania have provided grim new details in the case involving a 32-year-old man who was charged earlier this week with killing and beheading his father after the severed head was displayed in a video posted on YouTube.
How the horrific murder unfolded
At a news conference on Friday, Bucks County District Attorney Jennifer Schorn said Justin Daniel Mohn was acting with a “clear mind” when he killed and dismembered his father, Michael Mohn, at the family home in Middletown Township, north of Philadelphia. The 68-year-old worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Daniel Mohn lived at home with his parents.
Michael Mohn’s wife returned home Tuesday night to find her husband’s body, then ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. When police arrived, officers found a decapitated elderly man in a downstairs bathroom with a large amount of blood around him, Schorn said. A machete and a large knife were found in the bathtub, and a head “wrapped in saran wrap” was discovered in the next room.
Mohn’s wife told police that she left around 2 p.m. and that her husband and son were the only ones home. She also stated that her husband’s Toyota Corolla was missing upon her return.
Annoying YouTube video
Around the same time, police received several calls alerting authorities to a disturbing 14-and-a-half-minute video posted on YouTube showing Justin Mohn displaying the severed head of Michael Mohn while claiming his father was a “traitor to his country” and urging members of “Mohn’s militia” and “Patriots.” Across the country” to take up arms against other federal employees, including a federal judge whose address he revealed.
Schorn said the video was viewed at least 5,000 times before it was deleted.
After watching the video on YouTube, investigators confirmed that “the gloves, severed head and chamber were the same as those shown in the video,” the affidavit states.
In a statement on Wednesday, YouTube said: “The video was removed for violating our graphic violence policy” and that Mohn’s YouTube channel “has been terminated in keeping with our policies on violent extremism.”
The company added: “Our teams are closely following up to remove any re-uploads of the video.”
The suspect fled to the military base
Police were quickly able to check Justin Mohn’s cellphone and locate the missing vehicle, which was driving through barricades at a military facility at Fort Indiantown Gap, located about 110 miles west of the town of Middletown, Schorn said.
According to Schorn, Mohn abandoned the car, climbed a barbed wire fence and entered the base, where he was detained.
He was carrying a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun that was missing one round at the time of his arrest, Schorn said, adding that he purchased the gun legally the day before the murder and even turned in his medical marijuana card in order to purchase it. .
Mohn told authorities that he went to the outpost “in an attempt to mobilize the Pennsylvania National Guard to take up arms against the federal government,” and that he was trying to contact Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro to convince the state to support the effort. .
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Autopsy confirms decapitation after fatal shooting
An autopsy conducted Thursday concluded that Michael Mohn died from head injuries, and his head was subsequently removed using a machete.
Justin Mohn was soon accused of killing his father and abusing his body. He is being held without bail at a Bucks County Correctional Facility.
Schorn said he has no history of diagnosed mental health problems.
“It was clear to us that he was clear in his purpose,” she said, adding: “There is a complete and utter difference between what we would call ‘this person is crazy’ and legal insanity.” “That will become clear later when we prosecute this matter.”
The suspect has no significant history with police
At the press conference, Middletown Township police confirmed that they had had three previous contacts with the suspect, but none of them resulted in charges being filed.
In 2011, police responded to Justin Mohn’s home after an argument with a neighbor. In 2019, Mohn reported that he received a threat from Progressive Insurance due to a lawsuit he filed against the company. In 2023, a retired Philadelphia business owner called police in Middletown to express his “concern” and seek police advice about firing him. The employer was referred to outside legal resources and the Philadelphia Police.
According to what was reported by NBC NewsMohn published a series of books filled with anti-government rhetoric:
One of the books, titled “The Revolutionary Leader’s Survival Guide,” includes “the text of a letter addressed to then-President Donald Trump in which he warns of a “peaceful revolution aided by the author if positive change does not occur in America and the world soon.”
The horrific case comes amid another divisive election season led by Trump, who has vowed retaliation against the Biden administration and federal agencies, including the Justice Department, that are prosecuting him for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
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